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The Fred Hollows Foundation Partners with The Alice Springs Rotary Henley on Todd Regatta PDF
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Wednesday, 01 July 2015

The Henley on Todd Regatta fundraising campaign aims to raise $100,000 for The Fred Hollows Foundation to contribute to the fight to end trachoma by 2020. The Regatta was started in 1962 when Rotary Club members met for a picnic at 16 Mile Creek outside of Alice Springs, where over a few beers they discussed ways to raise money for charity.

The Henley on Todd is one of the longest running fundraising events in Australia and is the Northern Territory’s most iconic event – synonymous with irreverence and that truly laconic outback humour. It has been so successful in creating that image, many people have forgotten what the Henley on Todd is, the major fundraising event for the three Rotary Clubs of Alice Springs.

Over the coming months leading up to the event on Saturday August 15 2015, individuals and organisations will be provided with a number of different ways that they can participate in the elimination of trachoma right here in Australia by 2020.

By going to you can not only join the fun of the Regatta, but help eliminate trachoma in Australia forever.

Shaan Gets Ugly at ODMA PDF
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Wednesday, 24 June 2015

Ugly FishLeading Aussie sports eyewear brand Ugly Fish has partnered with optical products and services supplier Shaan to deliver a selected range of finished prescription frame and lens packages to the Australian market.

"We are very pleased to be able to partner with another well respected Australian company in Shaan, who, like us, pride themselves on servicing the independent Australian Optical community,” said Faraz Darabi, General Manager of Piranha Eyewear, manufacturers of the Ugly Fish brand.

Under the new partnership, a selected range of RX-able sports and leisure frames will be fitted with high quality Shaan lenses for supply to the Australian market, including the proudly Aussie made and owned Shaan HDV lenses.

"Partnering with Ugly Fish makes sense. We fit sports frames every day and coupled with our dedicated ‘wrap fit’ edger, makes us specialists at wrap fitting,” explains Shaan Managing Director, Aaron McColl.

“By carrying the Ugly Fish range in stock we will also save our optical customers time and money, including on freight, so ‘getting Ugly’ will truly be better, faster and cheaper through Shaan!”

The range includes the classic six and eight base sports wrap frames Ugly Fish is renowned for with scripts suitable for +4 to -2 in men’s, ladies and even kids frames.

You can view the range on the Ugly Fish stand #k34 at ODMA or contact This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it for more information. 

Aviva Optical To Introduce Nano Vista Kids Eyewear at ODMA PDF
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Monday, 22 June 2015

Nano Vista Kids eyewearAviva Optical is to showcase for the first time in Australia the complete range of Nano Vista children's eyewear at ODMA2015. This incredibly tough and flexible range of frames is ideal for kids who treat their frames harshly. 

NANO frames are manufactured with the exclusive and patented SILIFLEX material; this unique thermo-adjustable material is 35% lighter than acetate frames and delivers a long lasting and durable finish.

The frames from the NANO collections stands out from the crowd due to its maximum flexibility making them "Child-Proof" and to its new patented exclusive hinge "S2" – Forget about constant breakages –.

In addition to these features, its special adaptability with manually adaptable temple tips, Adjustable mini-band and the possibility of exchange fixing system between temples and a headband, this has allowed the utility patent to the NANO frames.

Aviva Optical will also be presenting the latest innovations in optical products from Centrostyle, Progear Eyeguard and Cocoons. Visit Aviva Optical on Stand N02 at ODMA.

New Governance Arrangement for RANZCO PDF
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Friday, 19 June 2015

An updated governance arrangement for RANZCO (The Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Ophthalmologists) has been successfully implemented after a majority vote (89% approval) by its members, ensuring best practice for operating a not-for-profit (charity) company.

The need for change was identified by the Board and Council over a two-year period, involving extensive consultation to modernise the constitution in a rapidly-evolving health sector. The new Constitution is compliant with Australian statutory requirements as dictated by both the Australian Securities and Investment Commission (ASIC) and the Australian Not-for-Profit and Charitable Commission (ACNC).

"We are delighted to update our governance structures which will strengthen our organisation for the future. It will mean stronger engagement with our Fellowship, opening communication lines and fostering collaboration on key issues that we face in the health and medical sector", says Brad Horsburgh, RANZCO President.

eyesaBOve To Showcase Rx Sunglasses Range at ODMA PDF
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Thursday, 18 June 2015

eyesaBOve sunglasseseyesaBOve will showcase their eyesaBOve Rx Sunglasses range at next month ODMA. The sunglasses are made from Italian Mazzucchelli Acetate and Stainless Steel. There are 16 different designs in 2 colors.

eyesaBOve also has an in-house lab supplying exceptional lens packages.

According to the company's website, the name "eyesaBOve" was choosen in memory of all Murray's optics family since around 1880. They view them on a pedestal and look up to their high standards over the years. The letters "BO" are purposely in capitals in memory of the Managing Director, John Murray O'Keeffe's late father John "Bobo" O'Keeffe. 

eyesaBOve can be found at ODMA stand E29 from 03-05 July.

Shamir OHS To Acquire Eyres PDF
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Tuesday, 16 June 2015

EyresAs of the 1st July 2015, Shamir Occupational Health and Safety (Shamir OHS), will acquire the business of Eyres as per an agreement between the Shamir Group (Shamir) and Raylane and i-Optixx (Eyres). Shamir will hold 70% in Shamir OHS, while the founder of Eyres will hold the remainder of the ownership interests.

This transaction reflects Shamir's strategic approach to provide Australian and worldwide patents with leading optical technology and has the potential to accelerate Shamir's development and leverage Shamir's growth and expansion into the health and safety industry worldwide.

Eyres Optics was established in 1989, and is a West Australian designer/producer of eye protectors and sunglasses.

Shamir, which is partly owned by Essilor, is a provider of innovative products and technology to the spectacle lens market.


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